Year 7 Transition
The effective transition from Primary to Secondary education is vital for all pupils. At Woodlands School we aim to effect this change by focussing on aspects that research has shown have a definite impact on successful transition:
- Experiencing curriculum continuity
The transition stage enables staff to build on pupils’ knowledge base, to reinforce their understanding and address misconceptions. Using a primary model – with one practitioner teaching maths, english, geography, history, PSD and art in a self-contained area of the school – enables pupils to experience a gradual introduction to the secondary education environment. The balance of the curriculum – science, food tech, design technology and forest school – is taught by specialist teachers in the main school and offsite.
- Improving pupil self esteem and confidence
The small tutor group (no more than eight pupils) enables practitioners to get to know each pupil as an individual and to develop strong relationships. The curriculum is designed around pupils’ existing knowledge base and interest areas. Strong personal links are also forged through regular contact with parents and carers.
- Settling in to school life - new routines and organisation
Each pupil is given guidance by all staff to help understand school routines such as the reward system, taking part in whole school activities, assemblies, curriculum visits, outdoor activities and school sports.
- Interest in school and school work
Different teaching approaches are used to engage learners who each have a different learning style. Lessons are geared to personal interests and use a cross curricular approach to practice skills and strengthen understanding.
Pupils also have the opportunity to explore the wider community with field visits and to use their developing expertise in practical contexts.
Nurturing pupils in this way addresses their educational and pastoral needs and arms them with the resilience to face new challenges positively and to achieve academic and personal progress.